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Arkansas senior T Dan Skipper "has strong hands and does a good job of getting his feet into position to seal off defenders," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Skipper will move from the left tackle spot to the right tackle spot this season, and that position could be his final destination in the NFL," Zierlein wrote. "The Hogs played bully ball last year and are likely to show more of the same with their loaded running back spot and Skipper fits right into the mindset." Zierlein grades Skipper as the eighth-best offensive lineman in the nation. "While his height will give him some issues against smaller, dip-and-bend edge rushers, he has the athleticism needed to play the position on the next level," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 11:23 PM

NFL Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Arkansas junior TE Hunter Henry as his No.1 TE to watch in College Football.

"Even as a junior, I believe him to be the best true tight end in college football. The Razorbacks use Henry as an in-line tight end and a move tight end depending on what the offense is trying to accomplish, but unlike most tight ends in college football today, Henry is a willing and able blocker who is an important part of the Razorbacks' power-rushing attack," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Henry hauled in 37 receptions for 513 yards and two touchdowns in 2014, earning All-SEC second-team honors and an AP All-SEC honorable mention.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 26 - 3:37 PM

Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams's calling card are "loose hips and quick feet," according to NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein.

Williams, who shares carries with Alex Collins in one of the nation's most devastating backfields, "is surprisingly agile and nimble for a back his size," according to the analyst. The 6-foot, 223-pound Williams rushed for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. "With four starters returning up front for the Hogs, Williams is in a great spot to shine in the SEC West," Zierlein wrote. "Thanks to his outstanding lateral movement and instincts as a runner, defenses rarely get a clean shot on Williams. He must improve upon his five fumbles in 2014."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 7:46 PM

Arkansas junior RB Alex Collins's "ability to change direction with ease is reminiscent of former Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon," NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein writes.

"Collins has a great feel for traffic as he moves through the line of scrimmage," Zierlein wrote. Collins, who shares carries with Jonathan Williams, is the nation's most gifted backup; he'd be the undisputed starter on roughly 100 schools at college's highest level. One thing to work on, per Zierlein: "Collins' 12 fumbles over his last 394 carries has NFL scouts concerned."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 6:57 PM

NFL Media ranks Arkansas junior Denver Kirkland as their No.2 "biggest players" in college football.

"The massive South Florida native was an every-game starter at right guard last season. This year, as a junior, he'll take over the coveted left tackle position. Although Arkansas doesn't throw a great deal, it will be a great opportunity for Kirkland to show NFL scouts what kind of pass protection skills he brings as a prospect. One factor that should make the position switch smoother: his position coach, Sam Pittman, is one of the best in the business," College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread wrote. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-5, 343-pound Kirkland started in all 13 games for the Razorbacks, allowing just one sack on the season with only three penalties on the year.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 3:46 PM

ESPN's Sam Khan argued that Arkansas junior TE Hunter Henry is the best tight end in the SEC.

It's not a popular opinion -- most side with Ole Miss' Evan Engram -- but let's hear him out. The crux of the argument is that Henry is two-dimensional (receiving and blocking) while his competition is not. "Henry has good size (6-foot-5, 250 pounds), body control and ball skills, and he’s a good route runner and a smart player," Khan wrote. "He also catches the ball when it’s timely: Henry owns the highest percentage of receptions that resulted in first downs or touchdowns among SEC tight ends over the last two seasons (minimum 20 games played). His receptions result in first downs or touchdowns 78.5 percent of the time, second in the nation in that time span." Henry runs a 4.79 40-yard dash and is graded by Walter Football as the No. 2 TE prospect overall and a Rds. 2-3 prospect.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 8:58 PM

Arkansas junior TE Hunter Henry is "a well-rounded tight end who produced nicely in 2014," noted Walter Football.

Last season, as a sophomore, Henry recorded 37 receptions for 513 yards and two scores. As a freshman, he had 28 receptions for 409 yards and four scores. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder runs a 4.79 40-yard dash. WF ranks Henry as the No. 2 TE prospect and grades him as a Rds. 2-3 prospect.
May 30 - 11:01 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema said a 7-6 record is not acceptable.

"I don’t like 7-6. It equals the worst record that I’ve ever had as a coach at Wisconsin," Bielema said. Fair enough, but Bielema is making tremendous progress. After going 3-9 in his first season, Bielema's Razorbacks snapped a 17-game losing streak in SEC play and beat LSU, Ole Miss and Texas by a combined score of 78-7. He won't accept 7-6 again, but likely won't have to with an ascending roster returning. "I like where we’re going," he said. "I know we’re a better football team than we’ve ever been since I’ve been here. I have a senior quarter, our kids do it the right way."
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 9:28 PM

ESPN's Chris Low expects Arkansas to use more play action passing this season.

Low points to first year OC Dan Enos and the series of plays "targeting junior TE Hunter Henry, who led the SEC in first-down catches at the position (26)." Many believe one key to play action passing is running the football successfully. That will be the focus for the Razorbacks this year with Alex Collins and Johnathan Williams. Enos previously spent a handful of seasons as Central Michigan's head coach.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 11:08 AM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema is shuffling his starting OL, including LT, RT and RG.

Junior Denver Kirkland is moving from right guard to left tackle. Junior Dan Skipper is moving from left tackle to right tackle. Frank Ragnow will be the new right guard. Arkansas is built on running the football with Alex Collins and Johnathan Williams, so expect these changes to maximize that element of the offense.
May 21 - 10:40 AM

NFL.com Draft analyst Chad Reuter believes that with a productive 2015, Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams, "should earn" a spot in Round 2 of the 2016 draft.

"The next coveted SEC back presses the hole nicely, can skip past a defender in said hole, and escape to the end zone if breaking through the first line of defense. The thickly-built Williams (6-0, 223) will need a killer workout to get into the first round -- but a productive 2015 should earn him a spot in Round 2 either way," Reuter wrote. The Arkansas prospect Williams rushed for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014, while averaging 91.5 yards per game. The 6-foot, 223-pounder was named to the AP All-SEC second team and was also an Earl Campbell Award semifinalist.
Source: NFL.com
May 7 - 2:50 PM

Patriots selected Arkansas TE A.J. Derby with the No. 202 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Derby (6'4/255) played two years at Arkansas after transferring from community college, spending the first as a backup quarterback and the second at tight end. He caught 22 balls for 303 yards and three TDs as a senior. Originally a four-star recruit to Iowa, Derby plays with physicality and toughness, and offers plus athleticism with 4.72 speed and a 6.99 three-cone time. Turning 24 before his rookie year, Derby is an overaged project, but we wouldn't rule out the possibility of him becoming an NFL contributor. He is a natural pass catcher with starting-caliber physical tools.
May 2 - 4:38 PM

Chargers selected Arkansas DL Darius Philon with the No. 192 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Philon (6'1/298) left Arkansas as a redshirt sophomore after racking up 20.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles as an 18-game starter. He showed plus movement skills at the Combine, running a 5-flat forty with a 31-inch vertical. A three-technique prospect with a highly explosive get-off at the snap, Philon offers ideal quickness and a high ceiling as a 21-year-old with lots of room for growth.
May 2 - 4:25 PM

Redskins selected Arkansas CB Tevin Mitchel with the No. 182 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The corner suffered through a hamstring injury earlier in 2014 and missed the first two games of the season. He also tore his labrum last spring. A College Gridiron Showcase alum, Mitchel collected four interceptions, 18 pass breakups and six tackles for loss across 43 career games. He ran a 4.45.
May 2 - 4:20 PM

Redskins selected Arkansas LB Martrell Spaight with the No. 136 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Spaight (6'0/236) spent two seasons with the Razorbacks after transferring from community college, exploding as a senior to lead Arkansas with 128 tackles (10.5 for a loss) and force a pair of fumbles. He was a first-team All-SEC pick. Spaight showed passable athleticism in Indy, running 4.88 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. A physical, attacking weak-side linebacker in college, Spaight lacks sideline-to-sideline range and may be best suited to play inside in the pros. He'll open his career on special teams.
May 2 - 1:57 PM


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